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Creative Ways to Feed a Professional Resume to the Shredder

April 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 155

Who doesn't want to be different? Individuality? Uniqueness?

People are always hoping to stay in their comfort zones. It's human nature! Who would want to stay away from the ordinary when it entails challenges and difficulties? However, there are certain limitations on when you should opt for the ordinary and stay away from the extraordinary.

Nonetheless, there are still those who want to outshine the others. Hoping to sound "cool" and "hip" in your professional resume? Well, why settle for something so typical when you can go bold and gutsy?

Here are some tips on how you can go from plain and boring to something more striking and hippie, enough to have your application be fed to the company's shredder:

Be Creative

It's as simple as using some blue or green ink for your document and printing it out in pink or neon-colored paper. Never go for pearl white or off-white paper and black ink. That's just too boring. Also, try to look for other paper sizes, you know, those sheets that are longer than the standard 8½ x 11 paper size. If you're bold enough, you can also use irregularly cut pieces (apple-shaped papers or even those animal shaped cut-outs).

For the fonts, go for curly and wavy ones that are commonly used during weddings. You may want to try Jokerman and Windings if you're in the mood to go "funny" or "mysterious."

Show your "Human Side"

We humans commit mistakes, and that's a fact. So why worry if your application document has some typos in it? It definitely shows your "human side." Worried that your copy has some smudges or traces of your lunch or even your favorite chocolate? Don't worry about it that much. It's way okay. Why? Your prospective hiring manager might be a chocoholic like you; thus, creating an instant "bond."

Play Cute and Clever

Yes, there's still some room for being cutesy! Using some wordplay in your document may awe or even impress your prospective employer. Go for something like "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Rumble, young man, rumble... Your hands can't hit what your eyes can't see" rhythm. You might not be Mohammad Ali, but you sure can pull some bits of cleverness.

Fluff it out

This is your chance to impress a hiring manager, so why hold yourself back? Include every award that you were able to gather in your professional resume. Its okay to place awards that you have gathered in college even if you've been in the workplace for years.

Also, it will help if you could fluff your title a little bit, especially if the company that you have been working with is already closed. Who would have known anyway?

Be overly specific

Specify everything. It's a sin for any hiring manager to miss out important accomplishments and duties that you have done in the past. Anyway, it's not about boasting but you're just being true to yourself, right?

Apply all of these suggestions and you're surely going to be the best and "hip" applicant that ever applied to a company. But don't blame us if you don't get the job. This is professional resume tutorial is just about being "cool" and "hip." Who says this is about getting the job offer?

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